Safety and OSHA News

Employee dies in trench collapse attempting to rescue co-worker

A fatal trench collapse involving a worker killed attempting to save a co-worker serves as a tragic reminder that rescue attempts should only be made when it’s safe to do so and only by trained individuals. [Read more…]

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4 men drown in sewage tank after trying to rescue farmer trapped inside

It’s a story that’s still told too often: A confined space emergency turns into a multiple-death tragedy when workers try to rescue a colleague without the proper training or equipment.  [Read more…]

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3 die in confined space; OSHA fines employer $119K

This tragic story provides an important reminder to workers about confined spaces: If they don’t have the proper equipment and training to perform a rescue, they’re risking their own lives by going in to help a co-worker.  [Read more…]

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Poisonous air in confined space claims 3 lives

What started with one unconscious worker in an underground hole turned into three deaths, and a rescuer in critical condition. The lesson: Don’t try to perform a rescue if you’re not properly equipped.  [Read more…]

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4 deaths in Midwest manure pits in one month

Farmer deaths in hog manure pits now total four this month in the Midwest. In two incidents, a father and son died from exposure to fumes.

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‘Good Samaritan’ worker injured in rescue attempt: Does he get comp?

An employee was injured trying to rescue another worker. His employer says he shouldn’t get workers’ comp because attempting a rescue wasn’t part of his work duties. How did a court rule?

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Worker trapped in sand up to neck – court upholds $70K OSHA fine

An Illinois company asked a federal court to review two OSHA violations and a $70,000 fine issued after a worker was trapped in a sand bin for more than five hours. The court recently answered the request for review:

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2 construction workers rescued from drowning … in an elevator

New York City Fire Department Capt. James Melvin says he’s never witnessed anything like this in his 34-year career: the rescue of two construction workers from neck-high water in an elevator. [Read more…]

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1 worker dead, 2 seriously injured: $371K OSHA fine

Cal/OSHA has issued 11 citations to a company in the Los Angeles area in connection with the death of one employee and serious injuries to two others who tried to rescue their co-worker.  [Read more…]

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6 people drown in giant vat of ketchup

This story provides an important reminder for workers: They can put their lives at risk while trying to save a co-worker. The best action is to contact trained emergency responders. [Read more…]

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